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Scott Cotton (NE) filed this first Response Note on the afternoon of September 16.  It went immediately to NIFA and was forwarded up to USDA as a report on the situation, needs and activities of Extension in the affected area.

We know there will be more, as the situation unfolds, damage assessed and recovery gets under way.  We'd like to hear for delegates in the affected states as well as delegates in other states who are offering assistance.

EDEN and eXtension will be using Response Notes, too, to document our network effort in support of our colleagues rising to the challenge of this disaster.

First Field Report - September 16 

 Posted to the EDEN Website - unedited - with permission of the author.








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Colorado Rockies Flooding 2013 



In the last five days (Sept. 9-16) the Front Range of Colorado and southeastern Wyoming have had weather patterns collide on the east side of the Rocky Mountains generating what the USGS is calling a "1,000 year flood event" with precipitation ranging from 7-40" of accumulation in areas of mountains and foothills. These areas include the Laramie River Drainage, the Poudre River drainage, the Big Thompson River drainage, the South Platte River drainage and the Arkansas River drainage. The area stretches for about 265 miles from Laramie, WY to Pueblo, CO. The flooding is striking the mountainous slope housing areas, the riparian areas and the densely inhabited Front Range population of 2-3 million people. 500 people are still missing and over 70 major highways have been washed out. Rain is subsiding but the river flood level has already traveled over 140 miles downstream. Much access is by helicopter only. State, local and federal resources are working hard to stabilize the safety issues and the rain is letting up, for now. People, animals, pets and other items are at risk.  






CSU Extension is communicating with officials to lend information, but seven or more County offices and the CSU campus are either directly or indirectly impacted at this time. Extension staff including those from adjacent states are working to prepare or channel resources to Colorado via official conduits. Animal care, mold recovery, water/ food safety and other issues will play a big part in the next three months.  



We have used EDEN connections and contacts to identify emergency response contacts and protocols via the Colorado State Animal Response Team which was co-created by Colorado EDEN staff. We have offered access to our significant Flooding, AgroSecurity, and other resources. This will need to be re-enforced in the next weeks, but the Colorado PetAid Director has already acknowledged and recognized the resources and staff available via EDEN.  



EDEN SCAP delegates provided contact and communication resources for Colorado officials within 48 hours of the initial incident and will continue to assist with referrals and expertise. EDEN SCAP delegate communicated with "horse welfare" resources in three U.S. locations who were "staging to head for Colorado" and provided contact information with Colorado officials which would engage resources when needed rather than having self-deployed resources arrive and add to the confusion on the Colorado landscape. 



Well enough. 



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